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Self-Remembering consciousness, feeling of oneself

A feeling of force entering you, as if something had opened inside you.

If you REALLY remember yourself, it becomes emotional.

Try to find out what is NOT self-remembering!

Remembering oneself stops thought.

All phenomena are produced by 3 forces.

Self-remembering is the attempt to produce a certain phenomenon: the birth of consciousness in oneself.

  1. Active force: one's own organism
  2. Passive force: the situation to which this organism is exposed to
  3. Neutralizing force: something permanent on a higher level, resolving the struggle between the two = GOD

Self-remembering is a technique to evoke a higher state of consciousness in your organism. It requires aim, will, and effort on your part, along with a certain quantity of self-observations.

Try to divide your attention and see yourself, your organism, in your surroundings. Try to see the relationships between yourself and the world around you. And try to see the relationships between the things outside yourself which you observe. A rich new world of experience will open up for you. The more you can stand aside and look at yourself together with whatever attracts or repels you at the moment, the more you will awaken. This is called looking objectively on your relationship to your surroundings.

Divided attention has many degrees, as does self-observation and self-remembering. Start small, then grow into larger efforts.

Anything new comes at first in flashes. Nothing comes at once in a complete form.

You must concentrate on one fact---sleep and waking, and the possibility of waking.

As you work on yourself, you may notice that you feel something new in things, that the same scenes, the same places, and the same events in your life begin to look different to you, that you see more in them. This is a normal effect of self-remembering. Time may change for you also. A day may have the content of a week or month, or more. Time may both seem to speed up and slow down simultaneously. The density of your experiences may change, that is, you may begin to experience more events per unit time.